Quantum Hall effect in a vortex liquid

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A two-dimensional superconducting film in a magnetic field is considered in the adiabatic limit when vortex dynamics is dominated by the Magnus force. By mapping a vortex liquid state into that of electrons in an effective magnetic field, I find that the Hall conductance is quantized as σxy=(4e2/h) [1+n(2m-1)]/n with n,m1 integers, predicting a fractional quantum Hall effect in a boson system. This phenomenon can also account for observed steps in the magnetization curve of YBa2Cu3O7-δ. The feasibility of a vortex liquid, i.e., melting of a flux lattice at T=0 by quantum fluctuations, is studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3989-3992
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1995


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